Biography of Smith Van Horn
Hancock County, OH Biographies

SMITH VAN HORN, farmer, P. 0. Mount Blanchard, born August 26, 1826, in Bucks County, Penn., is a son of Samuel T. and Phebe (Twining) Van Horn, natives of Pennsylvania. Samuel T. Van Horn came to Ohio in 1834. He was twice married. His first wife, nee Phebe Twining, bore him five children: Jacob (deceased), Charles, Isaac, Sarah (wife of William Richardson, of St. Joseph County, Ind), and Smith, our subject. His second wife was Mrs. Sarah Delph, a widow, and by her he had two children: Mary J. (wife of Alfred C. Russell, in Michigan), and John, in Jackson County, Oreg. Samuel T. Van Horn resided one year in Anroe County, and then moved to Big Spring Township, this county, where he passed the remainder of his days. Smith Van Horn received his education in the county schools, and became an efficient teacher. Of twenty years of his early life, the first ten were spent in teaching during winters and farming during summer, and occasionally going to school a term either in fall or spring. The last ten were devoted to teaching and superintending union schools during the entire school year. Was once offered the mathematical chair of the Moore's Hill College, Indiana. He married. November 22, 1857, Martha E. Wiseman, and to this union four children have been born: Alma, wife of William Watermire; Flora, Minnie M. and Bessie. In 1869 Mr. Van Horn purchased from his father in law a fine farm of 112 acres of land. He is a Republican in politics; has held the office of school director twelve years; was a member of the township school board most of that time, and is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He acquired his education and property by his own exeratons, and has been successful. His library is one of the finest in Amanda Township.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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